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Yep - gerrymandering can backfire big time and exacerbate losses (especially if done to extremes). If the boundaries were drawn to maximise seats by building in (say) 5% majorities (based on historic trends) - this will result in a lot of seats flipping if the vote swings more than an average of 5%.  It also reduces the number of "safe" seats dramatically as their historic majorities are distributed to neighbouring marginal seats.

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